About the Center
The mission of the Center for the Advancement of Women in Leadership is to change the landscape of business leadership by moving women into leadership roles in industry, enabling women’s perspectives to have equitable influence on business decisions and growth.
In 2015, the New York Times reported that there were more men named John than there were women leading Fortune 500 companies. Those numbers haven’t changed much, when 33 female CEO’s make the list today.
Advancing women in leadership isn’t just the moral thing to do; there’s a strong economic argument for it. Gender-diverse companies are more profitable, and companies with three or more women board directors financially outperform those with fewer women board directors.
Put simply, reaching our full economic potential requires full participation from business men and women.
Developing leaders that are equipped to recognize and elevate both the voices and career paths of women is critical. Moreover, creating pathways for leaders who proportionately represent our population can amplify our collective capacity to advance our world.
In the OSU College of Business, we recognize that advancing women in leadership is everyone’s job. The Center for the Advancement of Women in Leadership is university-wide. We work to ensure that OSU students, faculty, staff, alumni and our broader communities are prepared to be leaders who advocate for women in the workplace. And, we work to ensure that women have the necessary preparation and connections they need to secure the futures they desire and to be leaders in creating change for other women in business.